Kevin Puts: Symphony No. 2; Flute Concerto; River's Rushby Adam Walker
For this 2016 Naxos release, Marin Alsop and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra present three world-premiere recordings of works by Kevin Puts, one of the most significant contemporary American composers and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. The "Symphony No. 2" (2002), "River's Rush" (2004), and the "Flute Concerto" (2013, revised 2014) reveal Puts as a master of orchestral sonorities and a tone poet of moods, which range from the ecstatic to the elegiac. The "Symphony No. 2" is a powerful evocation of 9/11, and Puts creates an atmosphere of tragedy that shifts from the innocent tonal ululations of the opening to a violent cataclysm, which then resolves in a meditative section that nevertheless ends with uncertainty. "River's Rush," ostensibly inspired by the Mississippi River, is a perpetuum mobile for orchestra that depicts the water's raging currents in rapid successions of short motives. The "Flute Concerto" offers the most recognizable form in its three movements, opening with a poignantly lyrical section in the Americana style of Copland, which is followed by a nocturnal Andante, a parody of Mozart's "Elvira Madigan Piano Concerto," and a fantastic toccata finale that Adam Walker plays with impressive virtuosity. This album is a fine introduction to a rising composer whose music is highly accessible, emotionally satisfying, and memorable.
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